Requirements that must be fulfilled in order to get a Blue Card in Poland change every year, due to changes in gross average salary in Poland.
What is a Blue Card actually?
A Blue Card is a commonly used name for a “temporary residence permit for the purpose of performing work in a profession that requires high qualifications” (this is the actual official name used in Polish legal provisions). It is basically a temporary residence permit based on work with some additional benefits.
While it is possible to get a “regular” residence permit for any kind of work, in order to receive a Blue Card, your work position must meet some additional requirements.
What are the requirements for the Blue Card?
In 2023, your work contract must be:
- for at least 1 year;
- for a work position related to your high professional qualifications (confirmed by either a 3-year university degree or 5-years of previous work experience);
- with a monthly salary of at least 9519,22 PLN gross (this amount changes every year; it is updated for 2023).
What are the benefits?
The main benefits are:
- after 2 years of stay in Poland based on a Blue Card, you can change your work without any need of changing the residence permit decision (you only have to inform the Voivode about this, but there isn’t any long procedure involved),
- after 12 months of stay in Poland based on a Blue Card, you can move to another EU country and have it transferred there it this country’s Blue Card (the procedure for this varies between EU countries, but it still means that you can get a Blue Card there easier),
- you can apply for a family member residence permits for your family immediately (with a “regular” residence permit based on work, you can do so only after 2 years of stay based on such residence permit).
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